Sibford School is a Nut Free Zone
With a number of children suffering food allergies, and in particular nut allergies, Sibford School has taken the decision to reduce the risk of allergic reactions by ensuring that there should be no nuts, or products containing nuts, present in the school environment. This means that our Catering Department, Food Technology Department and, indeed, any other departments, do not use nuts or nut products. We also ask that any cakes or food sent to school for whatever reason (fund raising, celebrations, gifts etc) do not contain nuts.
If you have a concern:
If you have a concern or wish to contact the school regarding your child, the points of contact are as follows:
Your Child’s Tutor/House parent (for boarders)
Victoria Macaulay (Head of Key Stage 3)/Simon Baker (Head of Key Stage 4)
Tracy Knowles, Assistant Head Pastoral (Yr 7 to Yr 11)/ Cate Mallalieu-Needle Head of Sixth Form/Victoria Baker, Head of Boarding
Toby Spence, Head
Toby Spence, is available for his ‘Parents’ Surgery’ on Tuesday evenings in term time until 6pm. Please make an appointment via Julia Morel (01295 781208), his PA.
We would rather know about a concern before it becomes a problem.
If you have a concern about bullying:
Sibford School aims to create an environment that is free from bullying and promotes good behaviour that is respectful and tolerant. In the Quaker way we hope that all pupils will ‘let their lives speak’ being part of a school community where all feel valued. Please read our Social Respect (Anti-Bullying) Policy for more information.
Parents and pupils alike who have concerns about someone who they think is being bullied need to remember that the most important thing is to talk to the school and let someone know what is happening. It is our experience that this is always helpful despite fears that it may make the situation worse. No one should suffer in silence.
Quite simply – if we do not know about your concerns we are not able to help. Telling the class teacher, tutor, house parents or any other member of staff is a good start.
Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying – produced by the Department for Education.
Sibford’s Guide to Cyberbullying:
Cyberbullying is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to threaten, tease or abuse someone. It is AGAINST THE LAW to bully someone in this way. Something can be done to stop it – so if it is happening to you, tell someone. Read the following guidelines to help keep yourself safe whilst using the internet.
- Always respect others; be careful what you say online and what images you send. Cyberbullying will be taken seriously by the school.
- Think before you send or post on a social networking site; whatever you send can be made public very quickly and could stay online forever.
- Treat your password like your toothbrush; keep it to yourself. Only give your mobile number or personal website address to trusted real friends.
- Block the bully; learn how to block or report someone who is behaving badly, download the CEOP report button.
- Never retaliate or reply; you could end up in trouble too! DO tell a trusted adult or older student.
- Save evidence; keep records of offending messages, pictures or online conversations.
- Call a helpline like ChildLine on 0800 1111 in confidence; check the website to see where to report incidents; your school; your teacher or the Deputy Head can help you.
- Talk online to cybermentors- volunteers who give advice and support to young people. http://www.beatbullying.org/
- Don’t just stand there; if you see cyberbullying going on, support the victim and report the bullying. How would you feel if no one stood up for you?
- Additional help is available from https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk and NSPCC 0808 800 5000
REPORT IT, FLAG IT, AND TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT IT.
Breakfast and Tea – available for day pupils:
To help our busy parents the school day can run from 8am to 6.30pm.
Breakfast is served at 8am and day pupils may join our boarders for this, either on a regular basis or occasionally (provided that school is informed 24 hours beforehand). There is a small cost for breakfast.
The end of the teaching day is at 4.15pm. However, supervised prep. is available from 4.30pm to 5.45pm Monday to Thursday, and various activities are available after school – see the After School Programme information for more details. We take a register at prep. so please book beforehand, either by completing the form (on our ‘Letters Home’ page) or by telephoning reception before 3.30pm.
Tea is served from 5.45pm to 6.15pm and day pupils may join boarders for this provided it is booked at least 48 hours beforehand; there is a small charge for tea.
As a parent, you are legally responsible for making sure your child attends school regularly.
It is also a legal requirement of the school that pupils are registered twice daily – at the beginning of the school day and at the beginning of the afternoon session.
Pupils are expected to be in school at 08.35 am for registration. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their child is punctual. Lateness is recorded at registration and recorded on your child’s attendance record. Registration is an important time of the day for passing on notices and information. If your child is too late to attend registration they must sign in in Reception before attending Morning Meeting or lessons.
- If a child is unable to attend school due to illness, parents are requested to either telephone the school or email email@example.com by 09.00am on each day of absence.
- The telephone call must then be followed by a written letter or email to the child’s tutor as follows: Immediately following an unplanned absence, explaining reasons for the absence. Where the absence is expected to last for more than three days a letter should be sent to the school (this should be accompanied by a doctor’s certificate for prolonged absence).
- Tutors should be informed of any medical appointments which require a pupil to be absent from school in writing before the appointment date. (If the appointment requires a pupil to leave school early or arrive late the pupil must sign in or out in Reception either as they leave or on their arrival in school).
- Requests for permission for any planned absence, holiday or extended leave other than medical appointments should be made to the Head at least one week in advance of the absence using the Application for Leave of Absence form which can be downloaded from the ‘Documents’ area of the Parent Pupil Portal on the School website.
- Parents of boarders who are away from home for an extended period or out of the country must inform the school, and supply the name of a guardian and emergency contacts.
Prep and After School Clubs
We are delighted if pupils choose to attend prep or after school clubs, however, it is paramount that we know where every pupil is at all times so we must keep an accurate register. No pupil should be in school after 4.30pm unless we have been informed beforehand and they have registered in the school office prior to their club or with their supervised prep teacher.
If a child is unable to attend a session that they have signed up for parents must notify the office in good time so that the register can be amended. Our After School Programme is not a ‘drop-in’ option and pupils who have chosen to attend the programme are expected to attend, barring illness. If for any reason pupils decide not to attend their club/prep session, they must still sign out of school via the school office or their prep room. Any unexplained absences will be followed up by the Prep Team and parents will be contacted.